Wild Florida Photo - Schoenocaulon dubium

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Schoenocaulon dubium

FLORIDA FEATHERSHANK

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

 

An occasional wildflower of sandhills and scrub in the northern and central peninsula, plus Martin, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Florida feathershank has a single leafless scape and 4-7 narrow basal leaves growing from a bulb. The scape is topped with a spike of widely spaced tiny flowers. The overall height of the plant may be from 66-122cm (26 - 48 in.). The spike of the inflorescence can have from 55 to 220 individual flowers. Leaves are 14-75cm (5-1/2 to 29-1/2 in.) long and 1.5-3.5mm (1/16 to 1/8 in.) wide. Flowers are globular, with green tepals that are usually elliptic to narrowly ovate 2-3.5mm (~1/8 in.) long, fleshy with entire margins. Filaments are awl-shaped, purple and 1.5 times the tepal length. There are 6 stamens. The fruit is a capsule containing from two to nine seeds.

 
Schoenocaulon dubium is a member of the Melanthiaceae - Melianthus family.